Should you use a golf tour operator?

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Ok,you’re drooling about playing golf in Ireland or Scotland. You’ve been checking out Internet sites,reading golf magazines,talking to travel agents,gotten a bunch of real pretty brochures from golf tour operators.

I soon realized a couple things when I started researching Ireland and Scotland Golf Vacations.All this information sure is overwhelming and not really giving me what I want.(Hey that’s kinda the idea of this website-pass along the good stuff you need to know)

And…the pricing ??? The costs of these amazing golf packages seemed “off”-much too expensive!!!

I checked greens fees directly at golf course websites,even called a few courses. Checked hotel and lodging websites,made more calls.Talked to car rental companies. Did the conversion from pounds or euros to US Dollars.


…pretty much what my gut told me…

(and Allan Mcallister Ferguson confirms in his book,”Golf in Scotland: A Travel-Planning Guide with Profiles of 60 Great Course”)

The trips offered through the Golf Tour Operators are over-priced to the tune of 50-100%!


If you’re really pinched for time,and got money to burn, use a golf tour operator.


Should you use a golf tour operator?

I plan to figure it out on my own,look for great values, and take twice as many trips to Ireland and Scotland. There’s just too much golf to experience!

For you golfers who feel a Golf Tour Operator fits your plans best, here are a few guide lines:

Your Golf Tour Operator Should Have:

  • Local Knowledge
  • Established relationships with golf clubs
  • Established relationships with Accommodations
  • Transportation provider arrangements
  • Attention to detail
  • Provide detailed itineraries
  • Stable and established financially in business at least 5 years
  • Willing to provide referrals
  • Suggest hidden courses to play
  • Guarantee Tee times on top courses i.e.: Ballybunion, St. Andrews, and Old Course
  • Staff on call for assistance
  • Local office in Ireland/Scotland
  • Members of Golf Tour Operators Association

Most will change a deposit of 25%-50% reserve the trip—often non-refundable. Balance payable 6-8 weeks prior to arrival.